"Afzal Mughal, a Pakistani journalist from a small newspaper in Quetta, the capital of the Balochistan province, was abducted, in the early morning of November, by a group of armed men who broke into his home while he was asleep,"Chia Lun Huang wrote Tuesday for World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.
"Normally, stories like this don't make the front pages in Pakistan, which ranks as the sixth deadliest country for journalists according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
"But the new 'Editors for Safety' initiative made all the difference. Instead of letting the case go by unnoticed, a message went out to a new Whatsapp group for Pakistani Editors, informing them of the kidnapping. In less than five minutes, 21 television channels were running the story. Its widespread dissemination even had international broadcasters, such as NBC, pick up the news.
"'Within half an hour, he was back home, albeit badly battered,' [Dawn editor Zaffar] Abbas, one of the key conveners of the group, told the World Editors Forum. 'The government was rattled and the home security department stepped in to inquire.'
"Formed in 2015 with the support of the Open Society Foundation, 'Editors for Safety' has a single philosophy: An attack on one journalist is an attack on the whole industry. . . ."